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Mancuso wins World Cup downhill

Andrew Dampf
The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado
U.S. racer Julia Mancuso, left, celebrates with British skier Chemmy Alcott after winning a World Cup women's downhill in Tarvisio, Italy on Saturday. (Marco Trovati/AP)
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TARVISIO, Italy ” Julia Mancuso won a World Cup downhill Saturday and Renate Goetschl finished second to take the season’s discipline title.

Mancuso skied the 1.9-mile Prampero course in 1 minute, 52.67 seconds for her fourth win of the season. Goetschl, who injured both of her knees in a training crash Thursday and skipped Friday’s super-combi was second, 0.17 seconds behind, and Emily Brydon of Canada was third, 0.21 back.

Mancuso won the giant slalom at last year’s Turin Olympics but had never won a World Cup race entering this season.

“I’m psyched. I just started winning races this year, so it’s awesome,” Mancuso said. “I always have good races in Italy.”

Marlies Schild finished seventh and retained the lead of the overall World Cup with 1148 points, while Mancuso moved up to second on 1139. Nicole Hosp dropped to third with 1103 after finishing 17th and Goetschl was fourth on 1099.

Goetschl clinched the downhill title with one race to spare. She has 605 points, while Mancuso is second with 491. Wins are worth 100 points each so Goetschl has an insurmountable lead.

“She felt pain, but she knew she needed a result right behind Mancuso to win the cup,” said Austrian Alpine director Hans Pum. “You could see it in her eyes how focused she was.”

It’s the fifth downhill title of Goetschl’s career, matching fellow Austrian Franz Klammer for the record.

“She’s the speed queen,” Pum said. “I think she’s the greatest now.”

Goetschl has also wrapped up this season’s super G title, while Schild has clinched the slalom and super-combi cups. The only discipline title still up for grabs is giant slalom, with Hosp leading the standings.

While the Austrians could sweep the small crystal globes, Mancuso has her eyes set on the large crystal overall trophy.

“It takes a lot of races. I’m trying to concentrate on one race at a time,” said Mancuso, who also won the silver medal in combined at last month’s World Championships.


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